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  • Wonder Woman:

    Gal Gadot is superb as the title character here, in a film that offers the strongest origins story of any superhero movie in recent memory.  As Diana, a young girl growing up among the Amazons on a hidden island, she desperately wants to train for battle like those around her, but mother Hippolyta Connie Nielsen), the Amazon queen, forbids it, wanting to keep her daughter safe from harm.  It doesn’t work however, and soon the young Amazon princess becomes a highly skilled warrior.  When a WWI aircraft piloted by Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), an American who was spying on the Germans who are in pursuit, crashes in the waters near the island of the Amazons, Diana rescues him.  She learns of the battle in the outside world and decides to attempt helping solve the conflict, and against all advice from her mother, she is off into the world where she becomes Wonder Woman.  The stunt work is remarkable, the action and special effects are perfectly executed, and the characters are so perfectly drawn as to create a near-perfect action-adventure movie. Rated 14A.

     

  • The Hero:

    Sam Elliott is perfectly cast here as Lee Hayden, the hero of a significant western movie, with his best career years are behind him.  Now relegated to trading on his fame by doing voice-overs and commercials, he comes to grips with another reality – a diagnosis of terminal cancer.  Lee is estranged from his family, and does not want them to know about his medical situation anyway, and he looks forward to a lonely demise.  Things change when he meets standup comic Charlotte Dylan (Laura Prepon).  She is young, smart, and soon, she is his lover … but still, Lee has this secret hanging over him, and things continue to become evermore complicated.  Catherine Ross plays his ex, and there’s also a supporting role from Max Gail who used to be Wojo on the Barney Miller TV series.  Interesting character study. Rated 14A.

  • The Big Sick:

    Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistani actor and writer who has chosen to tell the story of his relationship with his wife in an unusual way – he has made a movie about it, he is playing himself in the picture, and he co-wrote the script.  Zoe Kazan plays Emily, the person who would become Kumail’s wife, but not without a great deal of drama.  His parents want to arrange his wedding in the traditional sense, and a parade of eligible Pakistani young women are always stopping by their home … but Kumail has eyes on Emily, a grad student that he met, and whom he loves.  The problem is that he can’t really be straight with his parents about not going into an arranged marriage, and he can’t be straight with Emily about the family pressure involved, and they break up.  When Emily becomes seriously ill, everything changes.  Rated 14A.

  • Narcos (TV series, 2015- present):

    Season three of this exceptional Netflix exclusive series returns to the streaming service this week as the continuing exploits of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar spin out with some of the most exceptional plotting and characterizations to be found in a TV series anywhere.  Wagner Moura is outstanding as Escobar, who, much  like Tony Soprano, has both a gentle, caring, family side to him, as well as the brutal actions that make certain the cartel knows exactly who is boss.  Escobar, during his "best" years, smuggled $70 million of cocaine each week, resulting in profits of $20 billion a year.  He spent $3,000 a month on elastic bands alone, just to wrap up his sheaves of bills.  Rated 18A.


     

     

    Inception (2010):

    Good timing for this film from Christopher Nolan who co-wrote and directed.  Nolan has done extremely well with Dunkirk, and when you look at Leo DiCaprio's starring turn here as a researcher who can get inside other people's dreams, it's quite remarkable to recognize the scope of Nolan's imagination.  Winner of four Oscars, the movie's imagination and exceptional special effects, most of which were not created by CGI, but rather by more grounded means, it's a film to which one must pay close attention, otherwise you may find yourself asking what the heck just happened?  Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also star.  Rated 14A.

Interstellar (2014):

It's a tired and dying earth sometime in the near future, where global warming has taken its toll.  Almost everyone still alive on the planet is immersed in the business of farming, to provide much-needed food in this devastated, dust-bowl world.  Matthew MacConaughey is Cooper.  He's a farmer with two kids, a deceased wife, and a father-in-law (John Lithgow) who helps with the youngest daughter, Murphy, played by Jessica Chastain as a grown-up, and McKenzie Foy as a 10 year-old.  Murphy says she has a ghost in her bedroom, and that might just be true.  On strange instructions from the unseen entity, Cooper finds his way to a secret underground facility to learn that NASA is still functioning, and that a trip to the stars is in the works in an effort to save humanity.  Soon he is the pilot of an interstellar spaceship heading for a wormhole near the orbit of Saturn, that will propel him and his crew ... somewhere.  Lots of tips of the hat to 2001: A Space Odyssey, and some very smart sci-fi.  Rated 14A.

 

New on AMAZON PRIME

If you haven't seen this superb Oscar-winner in which Brie Larson had her breakout role, good chance to catch it now.  Larson is Ma, mother to Jack (Jacob Tremblay) to a young boy of about 10, who has been confined by an abductor and sexual predator to one single, windowless room.  She has no idea where it is, whether it's a part of a building, house, or something else.  The only natural light comes from a skylight high up in the ceiling.  Jack, her son's entire world is "room."  She does a remarkable job of teaching him, and bringing some semblance of normalcy to his life, in between nocturnal visits by her abductor.  She recognizes that, as Jack gets older, he may be seen as a threat by the man, and she begins to plot his escape. Exceptionally done film!  Rated 14A.